Sunday, November 06, 2011
Fiber #39 // Fig
Greetings from New York! I've taken off for a week to visit my brother and some friends in NYC, and then trot up to Boston to visit some more excellent people. My first real vacation in a year and can I say --- it does feel great to be back on the East Coast! Almost as though I never left. Funny how that works.
My brother took me into Central Park where we snapped some photos of my latest handknit sweater, and ducked our way around the New York Marathon which had brought in hordes of runners and gads of supporters. While they were toiling away, we were working pretty hard ourselves to get some photos of this baby.
(Don't mind the flash of white -- it's my t-shirt, not my underwear, ha!)
This is the Ingenue pattern from Wendy Bernard's Custom Knits, and also the third time I've knit this one up (apologies on the laziness on self-linkage -- I've made it once in blue in 3/4 length sleeves, pretty much as this one looks, and once in white with full-length sleeves.) Clearly I love this pattern. It's absolutely classic yet interesting at the same time, and the perfect backdrop for a beautiful yarn.
The yarn I chose was Madelinetosh's Fig colorway ... I can't remember the weight, I think worsted. Have I mentioned how much I love the depth of her colors? Absolutely beautiful. They always make handknits look like a million bucks. Many of my favorite handknits are made with this yarn.
It's been a really nice day. We took our time getting started this morning, wandered down and through Central Park, then through the Upper West Side and down towards the High Line (an old freeway that's been converted into an aboveground park/walkway), had dinner at a Xi'an place in Chinatown which was mala spicy and vinegary-sour at the same time, several flavors you find easily in Chinese regional cuisines but have a difficult time locating in Chinese restaurants outside of China and which I have missed dearly, some really good lychee and ginger ice cream, a massage in Chinatown, met up with a friend of my brother's. I do love visiting New York! I think I'd have a hard time actually living here, but for the people watcher and fashion lover in me, it's a great place to dip in and out of, now and again. Especially when there are good people here to meet up with. More in a bit ...